Election may seem like an odd one to pick for this series since it's primarily set (and shot) in Omaha, Nebraska. However, the final scenes of this cult favorite starring Matthew Broderick as popular teacher Jim McAllister and Reese Witherspoon as conniving and ambitious student Tracy Flick are shot in the District. Plus, Tracy Flick is the utter portrait of a Hill intern and the entire movie is a witty and biting satire of the drama and corruption of the political system on an amusingly small-scale level. As such, this movie map is a little smaller than the others, but as each location made great, if sly, statements about the main characters, it deserved a map of its own.Read More
Mapping the Filming Locations of Election
1. Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20007
Tracy Flick's dream school where she attended after graduating from Carver High. The only shot is in a dorm room, which could really be anywhere and was probably in New York since Adelphi University was listed on the list of filming locations. It gets an honorary mention because of Tracy Flick's assertion about Georgetown students: "A lot of them were just spoiled little rich kids who didn't know how lucky they had it." And no, director Alexander Payne did not attend Georgetown so this character assessment did not come from four years of firsthand experience. Photo by Flickr user ehpien.
2. St. John's Church, Lafayette Square
Washington, DC 20005
The irony of seeing Jim McAllister standing outside the "Church of the Presidents" thinking angry thoughts is just too perfect. Photo by Wally Gobetz.
3. The Hay-Adams Hotel
Washington, DC 20006
What was Tracy Flick doing leaving the Hay-Adams with a Republican Representative from her home state of Nebraska and getting into his limo? It could mean that she's risen a long way to the top but considering Flick's indiscretions early in the film, it could have been something more scandalous. Photo by Wes Browning.
4. Lincoln Memorial
Part of Jim McAllister's sightseeing tour of the District. Here's the thing, though. If he's going to the Holocaust Museum from the National Mall, why was he up at Lafayette Square? Wouldn't it have been easier to just take Constitution? Photo by Flickr user rlinger.